CANO-SANTIAGO: Writing about health again – The Cavalier Daily


With the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the United States has yet another public health crisis among Continue Cases of COVID-19 – the latter having placed a large place stress on the health care system over the past two years. Debates over whether health care is a right, whether abortion is health care, whether vaccines may be legally required, and other similar topics continue to permeate American political discourse. Health has always been politicizedbut nowadays it seems more impossible to depoliticize health care and to ensure that Americans have equal, quality and affordable access to health care. Sadly, not only is the US government – ​​but especially the Supreme Court – failing the American people, but so is our healthcare system.

According to a article published by Harvard Medical School, several factors contribute to why the American healthcare system can be considered “broken”. Reasons include the high cost and uneven quality of care, health care being tied to employment, health disparities, and an overemphasis on procedures and prescription drugs. Unfortunately, it is usually a combination of these factors that can affect a person seeking care.

For example, for people with high deductibles and copayments, it is often more economical to stay home when sick and just take care of themselves. The alternative often involves going to a doctor who won’t run any tests outside of the standard strep and COVID-19 test, then sending them home with a prescription for cough syrup and a copayment of $25. Regarding the uninsuredthis bill would be significantly higher in addition to the cost of sometimes useless or ineffective prescription drugs.

The people of Color often face even more barriers to their most basic health care needs. People of color are more likely to be among the 31.6 million uninsured Americans. Those who can only afford basic government insurance experience may face a shortlist of medical providers willing to accept their insurance. Even after finding a provider, people with this type of assurance are more likely to report lower quality of care. Then there is the issue of employer-sponsored insurance, of which there are ethnic and racial disparities. The American Bar Association describes phenomena such as “coverage gapwhere people of color may have an income too high to qualify for government-sponsored insurance, but not high enough to qualify for market plans.

Another problem with the health system is that it is largely linked to the labor market. Unfortunately, having a job doesn’t necessarily mean your insurance plan is an affordable or financially wise decision. More half of Americans receive their health care plan from their employer, making many Americans dependent on their employer for their basic survival needs. This is a phenomenon known as “job lockwhen people feel they can’t quit their jobs for fear of losing their insurance benefits. The fact that insurance is seen as a benefit and used as an employment lure is absurd. Most absurd of all is that some employers cap hours in order to avoid insure their workers. The fact that health care is linked to use implies that one must prove that one is a productive member of society before one can obtain the right to health. People are valuable outside of their ability to work, and yet America’s employer-sponsored healthcare system fails to reflect that.

It is inevitable that the American healthcare system will have to make sweeping changes in order to solve its many internal problems. However, there are solutions. There are strong advantages to separate health care from employment. For example, people may be more willing to take greater financial risks – like starting their own business – if they don’t feel connected to their current employer. What is a sign of hope is the Big resignation. In the aftermath of COVID-19, people realized they didn’t have to stay attached to a job that didn’t meet their needs. However, for the low-income American population – who often have to choose between their health and their income – this is not so easy to do. Therefore, the government must recognize and address the health needs of every American, regardless of racial or economic status, so that all who wish to participate in the Great Resignation can do so without restriction.

When I graduate from university, I risk losing my medical status if I don’t continue my studies immediately afterwards. I will become one of the 31.6 million uninsured Americans unless I can get a job after graduation that comes with an affordable insurance plan. While the idea of ​​not having health insurance or having to worry about how to pay for health care might seem like a distant concept in our relatively affluent university, it happens to students and Americans across the country. The right to affordable, accessible and quality health care is a human right. Being denied an abortion is a violation of one’s right to health, as is being denied affordable and equal treatment or having to prove that one is a productive member of society. Health care in this country has been politicized and exploited for too long. It’s time to fix this broken system.

Yssis Cano-Santiago is an opinion columnist for The Cavalier Daily. She can be reached at [email protected]

The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of The Cavalier Daily. The columns represent the opinions of the authors only.


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